The minimum pay rate for assistant and deputy district attorneys would increase from $27.24 per hour to $35 per hour under Gov. Tony Evers' proposed state budget.
Minimum annual salaries would increase from $56,659 to $72,800.
The proposed increase is designed to "increase retention of experienced counsel," according to Evers' budget. The raises would cost about $7 million for each year of the biennium. Evers also is recommending one-step pay increases for assistant and deputy DAs in fiscal 2025, costing a total of $1.7 million, and increasing the pay of elected district attorneys in 2025 at a cost of $854,000.
District attorney pay varies on county size. In Milwaukee County, the pay is $145,288. For Wisconsin's smallest counties, the pay is $106,288.
The total number of positions would increase from 544.9 this year to 586.7 in fiscal 2024 before dropping to 546.7 in 2025.
The overall budget would increase from $61.3 million in fiscal 2023 to $74.4 million in fiscal 2025, and increase of $13.1 million, or 21%.
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